Ballot Boxes Patents (Class 232/2)
  • Patent number: 8985434
    Abstract: A ballot box for collecting ballot envelopes, includes a horizontal bottom wall, vertical walls attached to the bottom wall, and a horizontal top wall forming a lid that is provided with an opening for inserting a ballot envelope into the inner space. The insertion opening forms a vertical guiding passage having a rectangular cross-section delimited by two large parallel surfaces and two side surfaces, the opening including a hatch actuated by a motor, wherein the hatch can assume a position for blocking the opening or a released position. The box includes an element for checking one of the physical parameters of the ballot envelope, which is capable of controlling the motor of the hatch in order to clear the opening if the envelope is acceptable, or to otherwise block the opening, the checking element including a monitoring and control unit (4) to which the motor is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Abdelhakim Djoudi
  • Publication number: 20140110467
    Abstract: A ballot box for collecting ballot envelopes, includes a horizontal bottom wall, vertical wall attached to the bottom wall, and a horizontal top wall forming a lid that is provided with an opening for inserting a ballot envelope into the inner space. The insertion opening forms a vertical guiding passage having a rectangular cross-section delimited by two large parallel surfaces and two side surfaces, the opening including a hatch actuated by a motor, wherein the hatch can assume a position for blocking the opening or a released position. The box includes an element for checking one of the physical parameters of the ballot envelope, which is capable of controlling the motor of the hatch in order to clear the opening if the envelope is acceptable, or to otherwise block the opening, the checking element including a monitoring and control unit (4) to which the motor connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Abdelhakim Djoudi
  • Patent number: 8245905
    Abstract: A ballot receptacle is provided with frame having an opening through which ballots are deposited into a receptacle and a sliding closure cooperating with the frame to seal the opening. A tamper evident seal is used to lock the closure in a sealed arrangement and thereby secure the ballots in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Paul D. Lantz, Robert J. Cohn
  • Patent number: 7694447
    Abstract: A storage device for storing rolled documents includes a tube pivotally mounted to a housing and advanceable between retracted and extended positions relative to a roof of the housing. The roof covers an open end of the tube in the retracted position. In the extended position, the open end of the tube is advanced away from the roof to permit rolled construction drawings to be inserted into and removed from the tube. A floor extends across at least a portion of the tube to prevent the rolled documents from falling out of the tube. Clamps mounted on the housing enable mounting of the storage device on a post, such as a T-post. The storage device may include a display panel having a pocket formed by a sheet of transparent flexible plastic into which a building permit may be positioned and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Pro-Vent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay B. Rutler, Spencer B. Hawerlander, Tony Robert Plunkett
  • Publication number: 20090206150
    Abstract: A ballot receptacle is provided with frame having an opening through which ballots are deposited into a receptacle and a sliding closure cooperating with the frame to seal the opening. A tamper evident seal is used to lock the closure in a sealed arrangement and thereby secure the ballots in the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Paul D. Lantz, Robert J. Cohn
  • Patent number: 7398914
    Abstract: A display kiosk, which has particular utility as a consumer ballot or survey box, has a receptacle supported by a leg assembly. The receptacle has front and back walls joined together a their lateral edges by stiffeners, thus avoiding the need for separate side walls. Top and bottom walls are formed integrally with one of the front or back walls. The lateral edges of the front wall are retained by, but not fastened to, the stiffeners, allowing overlying front panel sheets to be mounted to the front wall by inserting their lateral edges between the front surface of the front wall and the overlying rear surface of the stiffeners. When used as a ballot or survey box, a ballot slot is provided on the front wall and an integral access door to the receptacle interior is located on the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Baum
  • Patent number: 7395956
    Abstract: The present invention provides a ballot box comprising a base, a sidewall secured to the base and defining an interior volume therewith, a lid releasably secured to the sidewall and enclosing said interior volume, and a slot provided in the ballot box to enable posting of ballots into the interior volume, wherein the sidewall comprises a modular assembly of spaced apart elongate struts extending between the base and the lid and a plurality of panels each disposed between a pair of adjacent struts to enclose said interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Pakflatt Limited
    Inventors: Richard Bell, Patrick McGonagle
  • Patent number: 6926155
    Abstract: A box for collecting ballots from an electronic ballot tabulating machine includes a base assembly, and front and rear support assemblies pivotally attached to the front and rear ends of the base assembly, the three assemblies are foldable into compact and generally parallel-spaced portions for transport and storage, in its storage state, the box is easily transformed from the storage state to an upright voting state wherein the ballot tabulating machine is positioned at a convenient height for the voter by unfolding the assemblies, in its set-up or voting state, the box receives ballots from the tabulating machine and stores them in one or more secure ballot compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Vogue Election Products & Services, LLC
    Inventor: Richard F. Vogel
  • Patent number: 6824043
    Abstract: Electronic ballot box of the type used in elections that not only enables the voting slips to be scanned when they are deposited in the box, despite the fact of their being in an envelope in order to assure voting secrecy, using emission of a light for this purpose, but also permits the totalling of the votes for each of the candidatures and the setting of the electoral process parameters (voters, geographical bounds, candidatures, etc.) and those of the machine itself. It is also provided with a PCMCIA card, where the electoral database is stored. The machine can work either in voting mode or in management mode, so that absolute control is available over the operation of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Indra Sistemas, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan de Dios Navarro Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20040050920
    Abstract: A collapsible ballot box for collecting ballots from an electronic ballot tabulating machine includes a base assembly, and front and rear support assemblies pivotally attached to the front and rear ends of the base assembly. The three assemblies are foldable into compact and generally parallel-spaced portions for transport and storage. In its storage state, the ballot box is a compact unit with wheels and a handle that can be comfortably transported and/or stored. The ballot box is easily transformed from the storage state to an upright voting state wherein the ballot tabulating machine is positioned at a convenient height for the voter by unfolding the assemblies. In its set-up or voting state, the ballot box receives ballots from the tabulating machine and stores them in one or more secure ballot compartments. An auxiliary ballot compartment can be provided in the front support assembly for receiving unmarked ballots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Richard F. Vogel
  • Patent number: 6648144
    Abstract: A collapsible ballot box for collecting ballots from an electronic ballot tabulating machine includes a base assembly, and front and rear support assemblies pivotally attached to the front and rear ends of the base assembly. The three assemblies are foldable into compact and generally parallel-spaced portions for transport and storage. In its storage state, the ballot box is a compact unit with wheels and a handle that can be comfortably transported and/or stored. The ballot box is easily transformed from the storage state to an upright voting state wherein the ballot tabulating machine is positioned at a convenient height for the voter by unfolding the assemblies. In its set-up or voting state, the ballot box receives ballots from the tabulating machine and stores them in one or more secure ballot compartments. An auxiliary ballot compartment can be provided in the front support assembly for receiving unmarked ballots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Vogue Election Products & Services, LLC
    Inventor: Richard F. Vogel
  • Publication number: 20030178479
    Abstract: Electronic ballot box of the type used in elections that not only enables the voting slips to be scanned when they are deposited in the box, despite the fact of their being in an envelope in order to assure voting secrecy, using emission of a light for this purpose, but also permits the totalling of the votes for each of the candidatures and the setting of the electoral process parameters (voters, geographical bounds, candidatures, etc.) and those of the machine itself. It is also provided with a PCMCIA card, where the electoral database is stored. The machine can work either in voting mode or in management mode, so that absolute control is available over the operation of the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Juan de Dios Navarro Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20020148889
    Abstract: A collapsible ballot box for collecting ballots from an electronic ballot tabulating machine includes a base assembly, and front and rear support assemblies pivotally attached to the front and rear ends of the base assembly. The three assemblies are foldable into compact and generally parallel-spaced portions for transport and storage. In its storage state, the ballot box is a compact unit with wheels and a handle that can be comfortably transported and/or stored. The ballot box is easily transformed from the storage state to an upright voting state wherein the ballot tabulating machine is positioned at a convenient height for the voter by unfolding the assemblies. In its set-up or voting state, the ballot box receives ballots from the tabulating machine and stores them in one or more secure ballot compartments. An auxiliary ballot compartment can be provided in the front support assembly for receiving unmarked ballots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Richard F. Vogel
  • Publication number: 20010050306
    Abstract: A reusable folding ballot box having walls, a base and a lid with an aperture therein for the insertion of ballot papers. The walls, base and lid are provided by a flexible bag-like outer member enclosing reinforcing means rearrangeable from a folded position into an erected position to maintain the ballot box in its erected configuration. The aperture in the lid has guide means associated therewith constructed and arranged to maintain the ballot paper in a substantially horizontal orientation during its initial passage through the aperture. The cover can be a hinged lid or a slidable cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventor: Richard George Plumb
  • Patent number: 6279822
    Abstract: A molded plastic collection bin with transparent front and rear panels receives entry blanks introduced through a slot in a covering counter. The collection bin is supported on two side frames which are formed of tubular aluminum with riveted plastic sheets. Front and rear plastic panels extend between the two side frames and are engaged on protruding fasteners. The counter, the side frames, and the collection bin each have aligned holes which receive two connecting carriage bolts. A bungee cord resiliently extends between the carriage bolts within the collection bin, retaining the assembly in a connected orientation. An information display has a metal frame with retractable threaded tubes which engage with the counter. Printed elements such as posters are clasped between plastic sheets and engaged with C-channels on the frame. A bent metal door selectively covers an access opening in the rear plastic wall of the collection bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Bertram Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Bertram
  • Patent number: 6036041
    Abstract: A box includes a base having an upward extending peripheral fence, a pair of side panels each having a lower portion pivotally coupled to the base, a front panel and a rear panel detachably secured to the base and the side panels. A frame is engaged on top of the panels. A cap and a cover are pivotally coupled to the frame. The cap has one or more openings for voting purposes. The panels may be engaged in the frame and engaged between the base and the cover for forming a compact folding structure that is excellent for storing and transportation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Ruey Chyuan Chern
  • Patent number: 5681113
    Abstract: A tamper-proof security ballot pouch adapted to store ballots deposited therein and to prevent their unauthorized removal. The pouch includes a fabric bag in whose upper section is sewn a pair of parallel rods defining an entry slot to admit one ballot at a time. Depending from the upper section is a fabric chute creating a narrow open channel between the entry slot and the bag interior whereby a ballot inserted in the entry slot must pass through the channel before being deposited in the bag. Because the chute is flexible, when a ballot is inserted in the entry slot and advances into the narrow channel of the chute it then straightens out the chute, so that the channel is then in axial alignment with the entry slot. But once the ballot is deposited in the bag, its unauthorized exit through the entry slot is prevented by the chute, for regardless of how the pouch is manipulated, the deposited ballot cannot back track through the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: A. Rifkin Co.
    Inventors: Arnold S. Rifkin, John Hutnick
  • Patent number: 4981259
    Abstract: A ballot box is disclosed for use in combination with an electronic voter ballot tabulating device which accepts marked paper ballots, tabulates the voter selection thereon and dispenses the tabulated ballots through one of a plurality of exit openings in its bottom side. The ballot box comprises an enclosure having side walls, end walls, a bottom member and a top member having at least one pair of parallel, space apart elongated openings that are aligned with the exit openings of the tabulated device. Within the enclosure, partitions are provided for forming separate storage chambers beneath each of the elongated openings for receiving tabulated ballots of different categories. Access to the enclosure is provided for retrieving ballots connected in the storage chambers. A special compartment with an inlet slot is provided for receiving and storing marked ballots temporarily when the tabulating device is inoperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventor: John E. Ahmann
  • Patent number: 4699312
    Abstract: The disclosed ballot box and counter display has fixed front, rear, top and side walls; and has a bottom wall hinged to the rear wall, to be opened and closed. The top wall has an inner top wall panel hinged to the upper edge of one side wall and extended to the opposite side wall, and an outer top wall panel hinged along its rear edge to the upper edge of the rear wall panel and adapted to overlie the inner top wall panel. A flap hinged to the upper edge of the other side wall may underlie the inner top wall panel, and a flap hinged to the inner top wall panel may be fitted through slot means in this other side wall flap, for support of the inner top wall panel. A front wall outer panel is hinged at its upper front edge to the lower front edge of the front wall outer panel, and a flap on the lower edge of the outer front wall panel is folded around the lower edge of the front wall and fitted between the adjacent side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventor: Richard A. Owen